Nikolai S. Plotnikov and Nadezhda P. Podzemskaia (eds.): Iskusstvo kak iazyk – iazyki iskusstva. Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2017. ISBN 978-5-4448-0664-7 (т. I); ISBN 978-5-4448-0665-4 (т. II)

  • Thomas NemethEmail author

This huge and attractive two-volume set covers the activities of a nascent Soviet institution, the State Academy for the Study of the Arts (better known by the Russian acronym GAKhN), founded in 1921, that was intended to be a new sort of inter-disciplinary institution studying art and culture. As such, they show that serious debate was still possible and on-going and not confined to interpretations of dialectical materialism during the years immediately following the consolidation of Soviet power. The collection of original, contemporary essays in the first volume and of archival documents in the second is a truly noteworthy effort. With this, we have a veritable mountain of information previously only hinted at in other studies on the history of Russian thought. In the preface to the first of the two volumes, the editors tell us that theirs is the first attempt at a systematic reconstruction of the fundamental philosophical and aesthetic directions developed in GAKhN, particularly...


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